Originally published May 2, 2014 at 12:13p.m., updated May 3, 2014 at 12:00a.m.

KU football picks up commitment from 3-star Bishop Miege QB Ryan Willis

Kansas University football recruiting.

Kansas University football recruiting.


Two weeks after awarding its starting quarterback spot to Bishop Miege graduate Montell Cozart, the Kansas University football program picked up an oral commitment from the player who followed in Cozart’s footsteps.

Late Friday morning, Miege senior-to-be Ryan Willis announced via Twitter that he had committed to play football at Kansas.

“It is pretty cool,” Willis told of the path of Miege quarterbacks to Kansas. “Hopefully Miege will have the starting quarterback for the next six years at KU. I am going to work my butt off for it.”

Willis, a 6-foot-4, 201-pound athlete who is ranked as the state’s third-best prospect in the class of 2015, picked the Jayhawks over offers from Illinois, Kansas State, Tulsa and Wyoming and interest from Iowa State, Missouri, Minnesota and Oklahoma State.

KU assistant coaches Reggie Mitchell and Ron Powlus were listed by as the lead recruiters for Willis, who recently told that he was a fan of the Jayhawks’ new offense brought in by first-year offensive coordinator John Reagan.

Willis, a three-star prospect, is ranked by Rivals as the 17th best pro-style quarterback in the country. He chose Kansas despite receiving his first offer from Kansas State, where his father played college football.

Willis missed a couple of games of his junior season due to a concussion but appears to be back to full speed. He received rave reviews for his performance at the Dallas stop of the Rivals Camp Series in March, when he was ranked as the sixth-best performer at the event after its conclusion.

Willis is the first player in the Class of 2015 to commit to Charlie Weis and the Jayhawks and the seventh quarterback signed by Weis in three seasons at KU.

“It was an awesome and a great feeling to tell him,” Willis told of committing to Weis on Friday. “He told me how excited he was to have me as a Jayhawk. He talked about helping out with other recruits in the 2015 class.”


Waylon Cook 8 years, 3 months ago

Welcome ! Lets make sure he signs so we can stop a KSU legacy in its tracks!

Jay Beakum 8 years, 3 months ago

The 17th rated pro-style QB is excited to run Reagan’s offense?

Jim Erickson 8 years, 3 months ago

Agree, but on the other hand, the most talented players should play. It's the coaches job to make it fit.

Ethan Berger 8 years, 3 months ago

I like it. From his tape saw a lot of good things. He has a high release, good feet and a nice zip on the ball. Could add some meat to his bones but wouldn't be shocked if by years end, he is a 4*.

Suzi Marshall 8 years, 3 months ago

A Tale of Two Cities...or KU's version being…. A Tale of Two Sports.

Fans for the Football Team rejoices upon signing a 3 star prospect while despairing over the Basketball Team signing similar prospects.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way —in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

Mark Lindrud 8 years, 3 months ago

It also shows you where each team is in regard to being competitive. It is the nature of the beast. a 3 plus star player can help this football team is the difference. I am glad to see we are being aggressive in recruiting.

Jim Jackson 8 years, 3 months ago

There are approximately 25 spots to fill in ever recruiting class; Alabama & OU sign plenty of 3 star guys every year. Not a good comparison.

Jim Stauffer 8 years, 3 months ago

Reagan's offense will accomodate a guy who can run and pass, a guy who can run or a guy who can pass. Actually, Willis is the best of all worlds. He is a premium passer and is still very athletic (4.7 40) and has excellent size.

I would not worry about the offense not being suited to him. It will be designed with him in mind. It is an offense that can accommodate any type QB.

Todd Simpson 8 years, 3 months ago

and with Heaps now transferring from Kansas there won't be any issue

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